REPORT: As Congress considers regulations for social media, top Dem comments on its potential to pass
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Mark Warner, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, said Thursday a broad bipartisan majority in Congress likely will back new regulation of social media, though such legislation might take time to come together.
“Depending on how we framed it, I think we’d have an overwhelming majority,” Warner of Virginia said at a conference on digital privacy in Washington sponsored by the Atlantic magazine. “I think there is a high chance that people realize that the days of the wild, wild west are over, that there needs to be some guardrails.”
The article goes on to say:
Lawmakers of both parties have been highly critical of social media companies’ voluntary efforts to rein in fake information and other problems. Democrats want to avoid a repeat of Russian use of social media accounts to meddle in the 2016 election, while Republicans accuse the platforms of discriminating against conservative points of view.
Warner said his message to the tech companies is to stay engaged with Congress to avoid the risk of heavier-handed regulation later.
“Twitter and Facebook at this point are fully engaged,” he said. “We’ve already had serious followup meetings since our hearing on what substantive policy might look like.”
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